Jan 9th 2014-Summary of Plato 1 327a- 334b .docx
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Jan 9th 2014
Summary of Plato 1 327a- 334b
Short hand names-
Cephalus - Ceph
Socrates and Glaucon enter the scene going to Piraeus to pray to the Goddess thinking
of how the festival would be conducted, since they were holding it for eth first time.
oOne thing to note is that they are both young men actually putting in time for
prayer. Young age, do ppl really think about prayer and religion? For the young
ppl are full of passion and prone to acting upon the spontaneous feelings and
sudden urges and you aspirations of youth
So on their way Polemarchus and a group of his friends see Socrates and Glaucon
along the way. He ordered a slave boy to catch up to the two boys and tell them to wait
oThe fact that poly has a slave means that he is rich
Basically poly threatens soc and glau to go with them to his house or else the two of
them r strong enough to take on a lot of men
Along with threatening them to go to his house, poly’s friend Adeimantus tries to excite
them of eth benefit of going with them.
And yet, along with persuading them of eth benefits of joining their company, poly
continues to be authoritative about their decision in which presenting that they have no
Glau is the first to give in, which them leads to sco agreeing as well since soc would be
all alone in his stance if he continued to resist.
So they went to poly’s house where they meet poly’s father Cephalus.
Ceph is old and was preforming a sacrifice. He is happy to see soc and tells him he
should visit more often
Ok- ceph is saying that he would himself visit soc if he wasn’t so old. Ceph basically has
a lot to talk about since he is old and cannot do much but say a lot. The fact that he
wants to talk to soc means that soc must be very intelligent in discussions by which he
desires to talk to him so.
Soc says he is happy to talk to the old, as they have an opinion not experienced or
understood by him yet
Soc wants to know what ceph thinks about experiencing old age
Ceph is saying majority of eth ppl in old age hate it and only remember the good times of
youth rather than embracing their present state
Pg. 5- Although, ceph also says that there are ppl like Sophocles who say that old age
bring “peace and freedom”. When the desires of youth strained finally relax, only then is
it possible to be rid of “many mad masters”.
So Socrates is saying that the only reason that Cephalus is going through old age pretty
well is because of his wealth
Cephalus agrees but say that if a man is old and wealthy, it may not be content with
himself while also mentioning that he wants to leave more of what he has presently for
his sons and not loss any of the wealth he has for sake of his sons
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